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Highlights in this issue

Consolidation of Painted Surfaces. A Workshop led by Sandra Grantham, 11th September 1998

Fi Jordan , Senior Ceramics Conservator, Ceramics & Glass Conservation

The workshop gave Sandra Grantham an opportunity to demonstrate the application of a misted consolidation system. The consolidation of friable materials presents a constant challenge to every conservation discipline.

The Novels of Charles Dickens; Bound to Last? The Structural Evolution of a Manuscript's Bindings

Bridget Mitchell , Books Conservator, Books Conservation

The National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum holds the manuscripts of 12 of the novels by Charles Dickens. A condition survey carried out by the Book Conservation Section in 1991 identified these 38 volumes as amongst the most valuable items at greatest risk.

Non-Destructive Pigment Analysis Using Raman Microscopy

Alan Derbyshire, Senior Paper Conservator Robert Withnall, Senior Lecturer, University of Greenwich

The portable Raman Microscope is an invaluable instrument for pigment analysis, capable of focusing through the cover glass of a miniature, such as the Heneage Jewel.

RCA/V&A Conservation Course Abstracts

Helen Jones, Course Tutor, RCA/V&A Conservation Course

This Journal provides a welcome opportunity to present examples of work by the students on the RCA/V& A Conservation Course, both through the articles they contribute and this occasional series of abstracts.